- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3828 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (7 April 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0036S4CL6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #519,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Rite: The Year of Rogue Dragons, Book II Kindle Edition
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This is great stuff, yet again diving straight into the action, as various bands seek either to hasten or to stop the destruction of their world, and the dark magic wielded by Sammaster. There are at least three separate threads of action all rapidly moving along in this story, with Dorn and his companions, Pavel and Will, and Taegan all working to combat the dark magic threatening to envelop their world.
This is action-packed, with fight scenes occurring frequently throughout the story - well-paced, well thought out action, with great impact and resonance for the reader. Thoroughly looking forward to the last book in this trilogy which promises to bring together all the storylines to a great conclusion.
The book is primarily split into three section or story-lines throughout the book which are all adequately developed. In addition due to the characters being split up into smaller teams which allows for more character development than in the previous book, particularly Dorn the half-golem who is struggling against a lifetime of repressed feelings and Taegan who is coming to terms with his heritage. The character of Jovex is also developed to a much greater degree in this book which adds a touch of light-hearted humour to the novel.
Overall, this is a great sequel that will definitely appeal to any Forgotten Realms fan or anyone who enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, The Rage (Forgotten Realms: The Year of the Rogue Dragons, Book 1) (Forgotten Realms).
The Rite is a good middle trilogy book but it does suffer from a rather mediocre middle section and is in desperate need of proof reading in places. Despite this the book is generally quite exciting with some good battles, treachery and massive dragons tearing each other apart. Overall Rite is a solid book that has its faults and sets the scene well for the final book.
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Byers writes about these dragons and more in the second story of the Year of the Rogue Dragons. Basically a disease has affected dragons throughout the Realms and is causing them to go mad. In order to prevent this disease from spreading and affecting all dragons, a group of adventurers has been formed to find the cause, dispatch it, and return dragons to their normal state of mind.
While some may argue that parts of this book are a bit dull and lackluster, the overall theme of the story is what kept me interested. Sure, Byers could have spiced it up here and there - but he did paint a fairly entertaining picture in this 3-part series. Not every story is an instant hit, nor is every author as spectacular as the others. In his own right, Byers did what he set out to do - cover the dragons of FR and cover them in a non-traditional way. Normally stories written about dragons follow a very simple formula - there is a band of heroes (humanoids) and a dragon with a treasure trove, relic, or eating problem that needs to be solved. In this book - all dragons face the same problem and while the heroes still exist, they are heroes which include dragons and dragonkin fighting for their own survival. Not a bad departure from the norm.
I originally read through the series when it was first published and essentially remembered how the story went but forgot a lot of the key details. I like how Byers splits up the characters in this installment and develops a series of stories that converge near the end. I found the twists within the stories creative (especially what the ogre does to Pavel) and also enjoyed how he works in so many "unique" types of dragons. One thing that may take away from the book as a whole is that Taegan's story can get a bit slow at parts. However, it does serve to better define him as a character and add depth to his character; still, I could have done with one less chapter in the midst of his story.
As always, I respect the broad vocabulary Byers has (which is another reason I was glad to reread the series on my Kindle). Likewise, as he's careful to use words with Old English etymology, even that helps set and define the world around the characters.
One aspect of this book - and the series on a whole - that I really admire is how little we see the antagonist. I think this is quite clever and also adds to humanize him (which I realize is a totally ironic statement). Byers respects the reader to realize what the antagonist is up to and fill in the rest on our own. As we see in the epilogue from the previous book, the antagonist is a very flawed character and almost a "tragic villain" - if there can be such a thing.
I like this series and its characters so much that I know it won't be too long before I read it through again.